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caused the faa to furlough worker. >> entirely utterly unnecessary. >> republicans argue the white house has the flexibility to avoid this and should cut waistful programs they say the president has an agenda. >> to try to convince the american people that there are no circumstances under which we can ever cut spending at all. >> democrats defend the faa saying it had no choice. >> congress enacted it in law. it was a cool act of 2011. the vast majority of republicans voted for them. >> the faa says it won't risk safety. air traffic controllers means fewer planes in the air. the faa tells me staffing reduction has delayed 1600 flights in the past two delays. >> delays will be bad for business and frustrating for families and devastating for the economy. >> with no other budget in place delays could continue for at least another 5 months. >> this is no way to run this government. >> and the faa warns the flight delays effecting the entire country will only get worse as the summer travel season approaches. in washington keyly campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >> got officials who wanted steam
air traffic controllers must take one day off a week. the faa said planes will have to take off and land more frequently. that would translate to potential longer lines at the airport. joining me is the spokesperson for sfo. can you give me an idea of how many travelers will be out on every given day or? >> what i can tell you, it's about a 10% of reduction. if i'm an air traffic controller, one of my days out of ten is reduced as the furlough. >> reporter: do you have any idea if this will impact the lines? >> i think where we might see some effect is more from the faa perspective. i don't know if it will affect the lines at the airport. but in terms of flight delays, if there's another airport that has congestion issues or staffing issues, even if we're fined locally, we may experience delays to and from the location. it's very much a nationwide issue. >> reporter: it's a juggling act for you. i think one of the things we can expect, there is a procedure we use and that requires an extra controller. not an issue today but if we have bad weather conditions, we might not be able
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